WAXworks Producer, EMERITUS
XAN BURLEY, a native of Youngstown, OH and a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, creator, teacher, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She has had the great pleasure of working with artists and companies such as Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon Dance, Amy Chavasse, Shannon Gillen + Guests, Shannon Hummel Cora Dance, Leyya Tawil Dance Elixir, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012 and enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley Makes Dances and Tami Stronach Dance. In addition to her work as co-producer of WAXworks, Xan has held teaching positions at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cora School for Dance, PAVE Academy Charter School, and Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp. She is currently on faculty at the 92Y as the teen modern instructor and frequently teaches technique for professionals at Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center.
Xan makes work with her partner, Alex Springer, under the guise of the Median Movement. Their choreography and film work has been presented by Triskelion Arts, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, DanceNOW[NYC] Joe's Pub Festival, the Tank, the Flea, and Cultivate NH, among others. They are currently artists-in-residence at University Settlement and will premier their newest evening length work, JACK Rally, October 23 - 25.
ELLYN SJOQUIST, a native of southern Illinois, inexplicably found herself at The University of Akron in northeast Ohio, where she earned a BFA in Dance with a concentration in news and media production. Currently based in Queens, Ellyn has enjoyed dancing with and for an assortment of delightful NYC-based folks including Alexandra Beller/Dances, The Median Movement, and Kensaku Shinohara. In 2017, she earned her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration, and since then, she nerds out about anatomy and efficient biomechanics on the regular. She also works as a freelance proofreader for whomever will tolerate her grammatical preferences.
WAXworks Associate PRODUCER
JOAN BRADFORD, born, raised, and still residing in the Bronx, NY is a graduate of Long Island University where she earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre. Joan has shared her work at venues including Triskelion Arts, Hunter College, Brooklyn School of Music, The Tilles Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Knockdown Center. Joan completed a choreographic residency with Lost Dog Dance Theatre in Lewes, England and was a recipient of the Dance Your Bronx UP! initiative at BAAD! Currently, Joan dances with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and MizantyMoves Dance Works and previously has performed with KamrDANCE, Mise en Danse, and the Sir Peter Shaffer Memorial Film choreographed by Alexandra Beller. Joan works as a Teaching Artist, Assistant Site Director, and Arts & Literacy Dance Company Director with The Coalition for Hispanic Family Services Arts & Literacy program, a Teaching Artist with The Bronx House, and as an Associate Producer with WAXworks.
WAXworks Associate PRODUCER
KIM SAUERS moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduating from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. Currently, Kim acts as WAXworks’ Marketing Associate and holds a nanny position to support her fervor for art-making. As a dance artist, visual artist, and avid podcast-listener, she’s particularly interested in the intersections of art, spirituality and social change. She looks forward to many collaborations to come and you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo!
ANDREW RIBNER, hailing from San Diego, CA, loves everything about dance but doing it. He found a passion for stage—and especially dance—photography during his time at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Based in Brooklyn, Andrew does freelance photography for dancers, companies, and showcases around the New York City area. When he's not behind the camera, Andrew is pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology at NYU where he studies how young children learn math and numbers.
WAX Executive Director
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